has not had much of a chance to prove himself this season, but he made the most of a rare start in yesterday's 6-1 Phillies victory over the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
He made a fantastic running catch in the fourth inning to keep Jamie Moyer's no-hit bid alive and hit a two-run, two-out single to left field in the sixth inning to hand the Phillies a 3-0 lead.
Florida's Dan Uggla stood on first base when Miguel Cabrera ripped a ball to left-center field in the fourth.
"The ball definitely went toward center at the end," Werth said. "I thought I had it, and then it kept sailing away from me. Then I didn't know if I was going to catch it or not. I kind of made that effort for it and snow-coned it, and made sure I didn't run into the wall and drop it."
Werth, who made his fourth start, fired the ball back to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who threw to first to complete the double play.
Werth is hitting .269 with a double and three RBIs.
The streak is over
went 0 for 3 to snap his career-high hitting streak at 16 games. He hit .435 (27 for 62) with seven doubles, five home runs and 10 RBIs in that stretch.
It was the longest hitting streak in the National League this season and the longest for a Phillies righthanded hitter since Doug Glanville had an 18-game hitting streak in 1998.
More on Moyer
Moyer threw a career-best two-hit shutout Aug. 16, 1986, for the Chicago Cubs. Phillies broadcaster
hit third in the Cubs' lineup that night in a 5-0 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium.
Terry Francona (the former Phillies manager) replaced Matthews in left field in the eighth inning.
Even more on Moyer
Moyer went 2 for 3 with a double yesterday. It was the third multi-hit game of his career and his first since Aug. 16, 1987, against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.
Rollins stole second base in the first and sixth innings. He has stolen 25 consecutive bases. He hasn't been caught since June 21 last season against the New York Yankees. . . . The pinch-hit double that scored three runs in the eighth gave
six RBIs as a pinch-hitter, most in the majors. . . . The Phillies announced a season-high attendance of 45,107, the fifth-largest crowd in the Bank's history.
- Todd Zolecki